199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2006
Iris is a litigation Partner and Toronto Litigation co-Practice Group Leader, with experience ranging from complex commercial disputes to white collar crime, class actions, constitutional and regulatory matters. Iris regularly acts for media organizations on free expression matters, including opposing publication bans and getting access to court documents. She has extensive experience defending defamation claims, including at trial, and was co-counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in Grant v. Torstar, the case that established the defence of responsible communication in Canada. Iris advises clients on freedom of information and privacy matters, as well as quasi-criminal matters, such as responding to search warrants and production orders and Canadian anti-corruption laws. She was counsel to The Toronto Star in the recent Supreme Court decision in Sherman Estate v. Donovan, affirming the open court principle in the context of privacy interests. Iris has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts in Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada, as well as before administrative tribunals, arbitration panels and inquests.